Upcoming Courses

Fall 2022

GCH 10 - COVID, Culture and Community Health | View in Class Search

In collaboration with Queen Mary University of London (UK-England)

Developed with support from the UK Fulbright Commission Global Challenges Teaching Award

Takes as its topic the still-unfolding story of COVID-19, its historical precursors, evolving scientific and policy questions, and present global challenges. It invites students from across disciplines to examine the medical, cultural, and public health concepts necessary in a post-pandemic world, and to explore the vital importance of rhetoric, representation, and narrative in the cultural politics of COVID more generally. A project-based, collaborative approach guides hands-on investigations to help students become audiences and advocates for health initiatives worldwide.

CSE 132 - Information Security | View in Class Search

In collaboration with Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)

Host-based security. This course studies interactions, goals, and design of technological components that are part of a local infrastructure (host) that offers an environment to execute applications. Based on the features of these components, we look for guides to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities that affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a local system. Last offered: Fall 2021

LIT 133F - Pacific Rim Discourse | View in Class Search

In collaboration with Academia Sinica, Institute of European and American Studies (Taiwan)

Examines the rise of the idea of the Pacific Rim: its historical background, ideological assumptions, and various forms of its cultural manifestations. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirements: Global.

CHEM 261 - Foundations of Spectroscopy | View in Class Search

In collaboration with the Department of Ceramic and Advanced Materials, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (Mexico)

The basic theory of time-dependent processes is covered at an advanced level. The interaction of electromagnetic radiation and matter is described using both semiclassical and quantum field formulations. A variety of modern spectroscopic techniques are discussed both in terms of the basic processes and their use in the elucidation of chemical structure and dynamics.

SPAN 4 - Second-Year Spanish (Section 1) | View in Class Search

In collaboration with Universidad Arturo Prat (Chile)

Includes comprehensive grammar review, composition, readings, and discussion. Reading and audiovisual material deal with various sociopolitical and cultural issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Classes are conducted in Spanish. 

MERR 1 (Section 18) - Reading Ourselves, Reading the World | View in Class Search

In collaboration with the Co-operative University of Kenya

Merrill 1 teaches some key processes for intellectual exploration, including approaches to analytical reading and critical thinking that faculty consider central to success at the university. These are intellectual processes that eventually become so ingrained that professional academics use them without even thinking about them. This course makes them visible to you so that you can use them in other courses you take. 

Like all College 1 courses, Merrill 1 will develop your proficiency in academic reading through deep engagement with a range of genres (kinds of readings and other texts) and strategies for engaging with complex and sometimes contradictory sources and concepts (ways of reading). Merrill 1 also focuses on helping you develop “academic ethos,” a shared understanding of what it means to participate, and have a sense of belonging, in an academic community. The key concepts the course teaches are known as ACMES: analysis, critical thinking, metacognition, engagement with others, and self-efficacy. Last offered: Fall 2021

DANM/FILM/HISC 250F - Film, Moving Image Installation, and Curatorial Lab  | View in Class Search

In collaboration with IUAV University of Venice (Italy)

Research group encompasses a range of faculty-initiated projects that investigate moving and still images to create visual and sonic languages for production, exhibition, and installation.

Tentatively Planned - Winter 2023

MERR 183F - Focus on Africa

In collaboration with the Co-operative University of Kenya

The Focus on Africa series at Merrill has a dual emphasis: a) upon current affairs on the African continent, and b) on specific methodologies that participating students can use in building viable constituencies for Africa - on campus and in their home communities. Areas of specific focus include Public Health, Media, Technology and Education, Energy, and Transportation. Last offered: Fall 2021

Tentatively Planned - Fall 2023

CLNI 1 (Section TBD) - Academic Literacy & Ethos: Int’l & Global Perspectives | Class Search TBD

In collaboration with the Co-operative University of Kenya

Teaches foundational concepts for intellectual exploration and personal development within an academic community: analysis, critical thinking, metacognition, engagement with others across difference, and self-efficacy. Addresses large-scale political, cultural, and economic issues to inform global citizenship.

SOCY 173X - Water and Sanitation Justice

In collaboration with Royal Roads University (Canada)

This online undergraduate course will explore the many manifestations of water and sanitation justice and injustice on multiple interlocking scales (i.e. local, national, transnational) while illustrating analytical ideas connecting to a range of social processes including urbanization and infrastructure development, deprivation, and exclusion, privatization of land and water, and claims for human rights. Students will learn from a range of cases in the global south and the global north and use key technical and social concepts to address rights, equity, and justice with respect to water and sanitation. This unique course was developed by an interdisciplinary team of scholars with varying methodological and place-based expertise. Each week was designed, and will be taught, by a different team member. Some weeks have multiple short readings that give different dimensions of the week's theme (e.g. newspaper articles) while other weeks have academic papers. This diverse approach will acquaint you with theoretical and practical knowledge about water and sanitation justice.